3rd International Conference on Life Skills & Livelihood Skills - Realizing and sustaining Clean India

Dates: 19 - 20 November 2015
Venue: ni-msme, Hyderabad

  • Present pace of Sanitation Progress (from 2001 to 2011) in India: 1%.
    At this rate Universal sanitation will be achieved only by 2081.

    - Santha Sheela Nair, Tamil Nadu Planning Board - 16 February 2015

  • The country needs to build 111.11 million Individual household toilets and 1,14,315 community sanitary complexes to achieve Swachh Bharat by 2019.

    - Sujoy Mojumdar, Director, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India - 16 February 2015

  • More people have a mobile phone than a toilet in India.

    - World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2014).

  • 2.5 billion people - or 1 in 3 - lack access to improved sanitation; 1 billion still practice open defecation.

    - World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2014).

  • Improved sanitation facilities are estimated to result in an average reduction in cases of diarrhea by approximately 28%.

    - Tropical Medicine and International Health. (2014)

  • A review of rural water system sustainability in eight countries in Africa, South Asia, and Central America found an average water project failure rate of 20 - 40 percent.

    - Lockwood, Harold and Stef Smits. (2011)

  • Washing hands with soap has been found to reduce diarrhea by approximately 23%.

    - Tropical Medicine and International Health. (2014)

  • 82% of those who lack access to improved water live in rural areas, while just 18% live in urban areas.

    - World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2014)

  • Every minute a child dies from a water-related disease.

    - World Health Organization (2012)

  • It is estimated that women and children spend 140 million hours each day collecting water. (This is equalent to building 20 Empire State Buildings every day)

    - World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2014).

  • 1 in 3 women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. Of these, 526 million women have no choice but to go to the toilet out in the open. Sanitation would make 1.25 billion women’s lives safer and healthier.

    - WaterAid 2012

  • Average primary school completion rates for boys in sub-Saharan Africa stand at 56%, but only 46% for girls.

    - Jennifer Schappert, HER project and BSR at the Celebrating Women meeting in Geneva, March 8th, 2013

  • Only 45% of schools in the least developed and low-income countries have adequate sanitation facilities.

    - UNICEF 2012


With over 200 participants from 8 different countries, SKILLS2015 International Conference has achieved a key meeting with inspiring exchange.

We are proud to have been able to bring together sanitation & hygiene stakeholders from across the world to share ideas, solutions, and success stories in achieving and sustaining clean India.

We are grateful to all participants – specifically delegates, speakers, session chairs, sponsors and other partners. We also thank everyone who helped make SKILLS2015 a reality, the conference committees, TEAM REEDS, and many individuals who contributed in various ways for this conference. We would also like to thank ni-msme, for providing the venue for the conference.

We hope that the conference provided you with the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise with participants from around the world. We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be engaged with REEDS and Clean India Mission.

We are pleased to let you know that the presentations and photos from SKILLS2015 conference will be available on our conference page soon, so stay tuned! Thank you again for being part of such a wonderful conference experience!

- SKILLS2015 Conference Organizing Committee